By: Valeri Guevarra, Editor in Chief (‘22)

A season that I personally look forward to is finally here. Cherry blossoms are blooming across the area, so here are some cherry blossom-themed cookies to bring on your next visit or picnic to the parks.  

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 2 teaspoons maraschino cherry liquid
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • ½ granulated sugar
  • 48 Hershey’s milk chocolate kisses

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350′ F degrees.
  2. Beat butter in a mixing bowl on medium-high speed for 30 seconds.
  3. Add powdered sugar and salt; beat until combined.
  4. Beat in cherry liquid and almond extract until combined.
  5. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer.
  6. Stir in the remaining flour and the cherries with a wooden spoon.
  7. Chill dough for at least an hour.
  8. Unwrap all the Hersey kisses and set aside.
  9. Shape dough into 1 inch balls, rolling them in your hand.
  10. Gently flatten the balls into a disk.
  11. Dip in granulated sugar, covering all sides of the dough.
  12. Place balls 2 inches apart on an un-greased cookie sheet.
  13. Bake cookies 10-14 minutes just until the bottom edges are lightly golden.
  14. Remove each baking sheet of cookies from the oven and immediately press a Hersey kiss into the middle of the hot cookies.
  15. Let cool for about five minutes and carefully move the cookies to a cooling rack without disturbing the soft Hersey kiss. (see notes)
  16. Cool completely before storing in a single layer in an airtight container